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morning, january 15th. the niners find out who they will play in the championship game next weekend after yesterday's unbelievable win over the saints. and protesters held another anti-police march in downtown oakland last night but it remained peaceful despite two arrests. >> good morning. we are in the middle of a holiday weekend. we are going to see some big changes today and even beggar changes by the middle of the week. >> thank you, lisa. good morning, everyone. thanks for joining us. i'm carolyn tyler. developing news in san francisco's richmond district. this morning firefighters have been battling
a house fire since 2:30 this morning. take a look at these flames. when they first arrived at 42nd avenue and balboa street, fire crews reported seeing flames shooting out of a second story window. there is no word yet on any injuries as fire crews are still busy trying to get this under control. we will bring you more information as it becomes available. this morning 49'ers fans are waking up celebrating. the team is now just one win away from going back to the super bowl for the first time in 17 years. the 49'ers advance to next sunday's nfc championship game, defeating the new orleans saints in a thriller yesterday. after jumping out to a 17-0 lead, the 49'ers found themselves trailing 32-29, saints, with just a minute thirty-seven left in the game but the niners were not done. with just nine seconds left, alex smith hits vernon davis for
a 14-yard touchdown to give the 49'ers one of the most dramatic wins in franchise history. 36-32, a victory. >> right now, i mean, it feels like the best. it really does. like i said before, i can't recall a win like this in this kind of spectacular fashion as this by our football team. and a great team win. live or die in these games. we live. we move on and we move on in spectacular fashion. >> so today the 49'ers will find out who they will play one week from today. if the packers beat new york, the niners will be in green bay. but if the giants win, the 49'ers will host the giants at candlestick park. mike shumann will have all the highlights and player reaction a little later in sports. 49er fans have waited a long time for a postseason victory.
abc7's lillian was at candlestick park when they poured out of the stadium after the game. >> a niner woman fan left candlestick in tears. >> they won! they won in 14 seconds! i thought we were losing. they won! >> this year a ticketholder of 49 years is very happy. >> it's great. after nine years of not even making the playoffs, this is right up with the catch. >> they felt pretty confident about most of the game until, of course, the final moments when the saints took the lead for the first time. the close game had everyone on pins and needles. >> i thought we were just going to tie up the game and go overtime, but i was happily surprised. the greatest game that we had in a long time. >> kirsten of sacramento is taking credit for the niners victory. she left the stadium in the fourth quarter. >> it's bad luck for me to watch
the fourth quarter. i always step out of the room if we are at home or leave if i am here and they win. >> so you are the reason they won? >> i'm the reason san francisco made it there. >> there were a handful of fans that got carried away in all the excitement. police arrested a few people in this crowd for fighting and public drunkenness. overall they made 19 misdemeanor arrests. slightly higher than arrests usually made. >> the game was sold out and some of the earlier games were not. >> there's a lot of excitement around the playoffs and so forth. a lot of people partying a little too hard and getting out of hands. >> there were no questions fans will savor this win until next week's nfc championship although many are thinking beyond that. >> many niner fans are saying they want to take it one game at a time about but they can't help thinking about the niners in the super bowl. >> we are going to the super bowl. all them doubters, the west coast is coming back! the west coast! niners! >> in san francisco, lilian kim, abc7 news.
>> in oakland an anti-police march by occupy protestors remained peaceful last night. just two arrests compared with six last weekend. police warned business owners that demonstrators may try to damage property or provoke confrontations. in fact a facebook posting encouraged those tactics. but that march that started at 8:00 with about 125 protestors through downtown lasted several hours with no reports of damage or injuries. the arrests came when demonstrators tried to push a dumpster into the police to try to block police from following the march. abc7 has more. business owners and operators here in the section known as old oakland along washington street have been dreading another fight of f the police marchers and vandalism. the group already affected new businesses in the area. >> it kills business. who wants to come down when there's fires in the street and there's people essentially standing in front of a wall of 80 cops?
i mean, it's not the police's fault. the police officers are doing what they have to do. >> the voice belongs to a business owner who fears broken windows if he's identified. the same for another owner a block away. he had to make extra precaution yesterday >> the first order is to make sure my customers are safe. i close the doors, i make sure whoever is inside is safe. i get everyone away from windows. that's my first priority, to make sure everyone is safe. >> business owners believe customers who experience this kind of activity while dining will avoid the city in the future. >> i had 30 people who watched a little war zone, so to speak. they aren't coming back down here. they won't come back down to this neighborhood for years because they don't any what's going on. >> what is going on is group set saturday night as the night to confront police with whatever they deem necessary to get their point across. their chant is "f the police" and they wrote it on downtown sidewalks at the plaza which destroyed residents.
>> you bring violent and negativity toward them, they retaliate with their job. even though their jobs may be a bit extreme. but this is the same job that keeps us safe. >> none of us are going to be happy or safe anytime soon. these kinds of things, they really just kind of disrupt life for everybody, for the common man. >> abc7 news. >> last night's protest in oakland followed an earlier one in san francisco where demonstrators occupied the roof of a bank. police arrested five protestors when they finally kim down from the wells fargo bank in the mission district. they were calling for an end to home foreclosures. a larger event is planned for this coming friday. one man is dead, another seriously injured this morning after a traffic collision that closed northbound highway 85 in los gatos. sky 7-hd was over the scene near winchester boulevard yesterday afternoon. it happened just before 4:00,
forcing the chp to shut down all northbound lanes for two and a half hours. traffic had to be diverted off the freeway at winchester. a nine-year-old boy and a woman in south sacramento are recovering this morning from a pit bull attack. it happened around 10:00 yesterday morning after police say the boy walked into a backyard. sheriff's deputies say the boy was bitten in the arm and the head. a woman was also bitten when she tried to pull the dog off the boy. i don't know what to tell people. pit bulls are dangerous dogs. they aren't dogs to be played with. i definitely don't play with them. people need to make sure they keep their dogs secured and registered. >> animal rights group say most animal aggression stems from the way owners treat their dogs. deputies destroyed is that dog after it tried to jump a fence. so far no charges have been filed. the boy is hospitalized with what is described as a severe injury to his arm. >> just ahead, the amazing story
>> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. >> crews have now rescued a third survivor from the luxury ship off the coast of italy. three people died and dozens are unaccounted for. this report is from italy. >> a miraculous story of survival. more than 30 hours after the cruiseliner accident, a man and a woman have been found alive. the costa crociere is now on its
side and now under water off the tuscany coast. >> it was here in the darkness that a pleasure cruz became an excursion into fear. >> i had to keep -- i thought i was going to die. >> the rocky reef tore a 160-foot long gash in the hull. passengers were initially told it was just a minor problem. they say they were not told to evacuate in a timely manner. >> one of the crewmembers was telling us we need to stay on. it was about 150 people started swimming. >> then the mad dash for the life boats as the water-logged vessel tipped over. the captain abandoned ship and is now detained in jail. >> people were screaming, yelling, pushing. people were jumping in the water. >> 3200 passengers and 1,000 crew were in a race against the invading sea, and they described harrowing escapes. >> one of the boats was full. a few hundred people caught on
the railing and the boat tipped sideways and fell and swung and everybody is screaming. >> they faulted the crew for incompetence, but most were saved and evacuated to a nearby island. the 950-foot costa crociere was on an 8-day mediterranean cruise. for many it felt like an eternity. on board were 126 americans. all were believed to have survived. a man arrested for one transient's murder in anaheim is likely to be charged with three more murders this week. anaheim's police chief said he believes his detectives have enough evidence against a 23-year-old man to charge him as a serial killer. four homeless men have been stabbed to death in orange county since december 20th. the suspect was arrested friday night after witnesses chased him, following the fourth murder behind a carle's junior's restaurant. police are not discussing the evidence they have against him. bart and caltrain will be
running so-called freedom trains tomorrow to celebrate the martin luther king jr. holiday. a specially chartered train will leave deerdon station at 9:30 tomorrow morning. it will make three stops on its way up to peninsula to san francisco. but don't try to buy your tickets from caltrain. freedom train tickets are sold by the dr. martin luther king, jr. association of santa clara valley. bart will also be offering 5,000 freedom train flash passes for event organizers to distribute. riders from both systems will take a short walk to san francisco's center for northern california's largest celebration. >> so the rain is coming but not tomorrow? >> no. they have to have jackets of course, and today as well. numbers taking a dip. in fact, as much as 10 to 15 degrees cooler in some spots. our camera showing the golden gate bridge. it is a little breezy and still
20s and 30s to talk about as you head out this morning. i have a detailed look of our seven day outlook which includes some rain. >> thank you, lisa. also next vernon davis and alex smith put their names on the all-time list of great plays, as the 49'ers beat the saints and are headed to the nfc title game. mike shumann has the highlights coming up in sports. i'm right e and keeps ca
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39 half moon bay. coming up a degree in san jose. 24 hours ago we were colder in some spots, but this morning it is even cooler in redwood city and napa. look how much warmer it is by the delta. this is where you feel the change. 12 degrees charmer and 7 degrees warmer half moon bay. but for everyone today, 10 to 12 degrees cooler and the fog has been a problem in napa with will quarter mile visibility. and even hayward a little hazy out there. yesterday was a spare the air day. with the northwest winds coming in behind our cold front. the atmosphere will definitely get cleaned up a little bit. better air quality. but with the partly cloudy skies and school conditions this morning, it will take time to warm up. it won't be a warm day today because the winds will be kicking in. by wednesday it looks like overnight we will see the first chance of rain in our north bay communities. marin county, and the next
system should bring it further south. a couple systems here affecting our ridge of high pressure that tense to loosen its grip across the eastern pacific. so with this flat ridge in place, we are still dry. but it against to slide off to the east. that will allow this cold front to sweep on through today. some higher clouds from the system to the south of us. so really the entire state feeling the changes today. it's about time. hope you enjoyed the mid-and upper 60s as the system slides on through it will bring the cooler air mass, the gusty northwest winds. so for the bay area, just definitely a chill to the air. but for the sierra nevada we are talking about some pretty windy conditions and a fire weather watch in effect. in fact, winds up to 55 miles an hour until 7:00. the possibility of fire danger with relative humidity only between 6 and 12% today. state-wide it's cooler everywhere. 49 in the southern sierra.
68 in palm springs. back home, i haven't seen this for a while, mid-50s. 53 richmond, 56 in fremont with livermore and san jose possibly in the upper 50s. down by the monterey bay, talking about 58 in hollister. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. dry conditions through martin luther king day and tuesday and maybe some rain overnight wednesday, north bay. the rain should take us through early next weekend. hopefully it looks like it is going to get going friday and that should bring us maybe a couple in inches the north bay. >> all right. good deal. thank you, lisa. coming up right after our newscast, good morning america. we are joined live now from new york with a preview. good morning. >> hey, happy sunday to you, carolyn. we have a busy show coming up. we are following the latest developments at the disaster at sea in italy. a man is found alive in the overturned luxury cruz ship a
day and a half after it ran aground. we will tell you why the captain has been arrested. we are live at the scene this morning. and former penn state football coach pitino breaks his silence for the first time. why he says he didn't stop sandusky's alleged abuse. the man we waited to hear from finally shares his answers. we are looking into the skies this morning. a russian rocket is circling the planet and is expect today fall out of orbit as early as today. it could crash to earth with some very toxic cargo. but where and when, we are on the lookout. and we sent some of the most intriguing as scene on tv products we could find to three different moms for their seal approval. our mom testers are back. it's one of our favorite segments. we have some great products they tested out for us. it's not until they give us their seal of approval do we think these products are a-okay.
>> that's when we know they really work. >> they really work, yeah, that's true. >> thank you, we will look fora the 7:00. have a good day. >> you too. >> meanwhile in sorts we are celebrating. today the niners will find out who they will be playing next sunday in the nfc championship game. they play the winner of this afternoon's game between the new york giants and the green bay packers. yesterday the 49'ers defeated the new orleans saints in one of the most dramatic wins in team history. here is schu with the highlights. >> well, the 49'ers played one of the best games in postseason history yesterday. the fourth quarter was perhaps the best ever in postseason. let's get right to it. picture perfect day at candlestick for the first home playoff game if nine years. 49'ers trying to stop drew brees and the new orleans offense. opening possession. 11 plays, 73 yards until donte' hammers thomas on the 2-yard line. fumble. niners recover and first of five saints turnovers. gray protecting for alex smith.
over the middle to vernon davis. breaks the tackle. 49-yard touchdown. >> 7-0, niners. vernon almost takes down the goalpost with the dunk. new orleans turns it over for a second time. brees going deep down the field. picked off. brees came in with two postseason picks. equaled that total in the first half. niners inside the 4. the niners with red zone issues all year. not in this game. smith to michael crabtree on the slant. 4-yard touchdown. niners go up 17-zip. brees didn't throw for 5,000 yards by accident. perfect pass here. brees, 462 yards, four t.d. passes. 17-14, niners at the half. we go to the north quarter. frank gore, 42 yards on 11 carries. he equals that amount here. one man to beat and he's dragged down. but that sets up david acres. third field goal of the game. 23-17, red and gold. just over four minutes to go in the game. saints on the niners' 44. brees to darren sproles. the little man comes up big.
44 yards to the house. saints on top, 24-23. smith responds. after the 37-yard pass to vernon davis, alex keeps it himself on third and eight. stays inbounds. 28 yards for the touchdown. the two-point conversion fails. the saints turn brees to his big tight end. patrick and reggie smith collide. fran stays on his feet. goes 66 yards for the go ahead touchdown. 2-point conversion is good. 32-29, saints. game over? not close. 40 seconds left. smith to davis. 7 catches for a postseason record. 180 yards, and niners can tie it with a field goal but harbaugh says no way. they go for the win. vernon the catch all over again. niners win in dramatic passion, tears on the field. they win 37-342. here he is after an emotional win. >> there was a lot of fire within me at that moment. something just hit me and i just
had to let it out. >> alex made it happen. wasn't for alex i wouldn't have made the play. so kudos to alex. you're the man. >> if the window was there i was going to cut it loose, but if not i didn't want to force that. it's a fine line. vernon made me right. >> and nobody expected the game to be close or to win. nobody expected a 1:37 seconds ago to come and score but they did. >> they showed what our team has been about all year long. when all odds were against us, we found a way. we are doing it tonight when it counted most. >> to the ice. the sharks in columbus tied at 1. patrick marleau cashing in on the rebounds. sharks win their second straight on the road. 2-1, the final. we find out later today who the niners will face in the nfc title games. we will have those details tonight at five. i'm mike shumann. have a great day. >> next at 6:30, a plot of land that now holds the promise of
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there's a lot of excitement in the central valley community of patterson about what could be a big economic boost. patterson is six square miles and it's right off i-5. a new facility that's apparently being built there would bring much-needed jobs and tax revenue. abc7's laura anthony reports. we are beside ourselves with joy over this project. >> patterson city leaders are calling it project x. a deal that could bring a major international company to their little town. >> and why all the secrecy? >> that is the request of the end user. and while they finalize their details they prefer to have some privacy in the matters. >> citing a confidentiality agreement, city leaders won't of won't divulge the name of the facility. but it's wide speculation it's amazon. >> first it will bring thousands of jobs to california. >> last september governor jerry brown cut a deal with amazon to delay collecting online sales tax in california if they
created 10,000 new jobs in the state. the unnamed patterson center would bring in 1500 jobs. a boon for a town with an unemployment rate approaching 21%. >> the agricultural base of our economy has always brought along with it a lot of seasonality and a lot of unemployment. we've been working hard as a city to diversify our economy the last years. >> he is excited about the jobs. >> $14 to $18 an hour, how does that sound? >> i think it's great. it's like $14, 18 bucks here is about equivalent to 20, $30 in the bay area. >> the new distribution center will join several others already in patterson like cvs and kohl's. it will offset expected job losses. this week the 48-year-old patterson vegetable company announced it may close next month. >> in the same week we are hearing about this, we've got
four companies that announced they are planning to shut down or reduced employment to the tune of 750 employees. it ebbs and flows and comes and goes. >> if this deal is finalized in the coming weeks, it is expected to move very quickly. we understand this company wants to have this distribution center open by september of this year in time for the holidays. as for whether it's definitely amazon, all i can tell you is that company did not return our calls for commented. in patterson, laura anthony, abc7 news. >> the postal service' announced new service hours yesterday at 61 postal offices in six bay area counties. the new hours will take effect february 20th with most branches opening 30 minutes to an hour later. it's all part of cost-cutting measures that include shutting down 3700 post offices across the u.s. some people with disabilities are suing red box.
they say the movie rental service discriminates against the blind. here is abc7s vic lee with the story. >> i have 2200 hits over two hours? >> 22,000. >> many movies like the social network are dialogue driven. they are movies that the visually impaired can enjoy. >> you can really enjoy large aspects of the narrative without needing to be able to see the visual aspect of the movie at all. >> friends and family can also help. >> if there's kind of a nonver pal part of the movie happening, they will describe what is happening to me. >> maybe a dvd goes in here? it looks big enough. >> but the kiosks of the video rental giants are difficult, if not impossible, to use for those blind and visually impaired. >> they have no tactile buttons or screen reader that would allow blind people to navigate their way through the kiosk. >> lisa and michael are almost totally blind.
martinez is suing red box. nunez is a lawyer from disability rights advocates who has filed the civil rights lawsuit. >> i love movies. >> but for martinez and others with the same disability. red box's touch screen is just another flat surface. >> it's so important for technology, a-k-a red box and their touch screen technology be accessible to everyone. >> martinez points to bart's ticket kiosks as an example of a system that's using more intuitive technology to help blind people navigate. >> they say it in braille and in raised print, so if you didn't know braille, you can read raised print. it has it here too. >> not only do the machines have tactile buttons, they also have verbal instructions. >> the nice thing is this button right here says audio. >> to begin, insert coins and bills. >> martinez said her reason for filing the suit is rather simple.
>> i just want to be treated equal and have equal rights like my sighted peers and be able to enjoy movies. >> now our calls to red box corporate headquarters in illinois were not returned. disability rights advocates lawyers say they did reach out to the company's executives who told them they would look into the situation. but so far they say no response. vic lee, abc7 news. >> two american soldiers being treated at the palo alto v. a. medical center have been awarded the purple heart. army private jeffrey stood from his wheelchair to accept the medal for being wounded in combat. the 20-year-old lost his left arm and leg after stepping on an improvised explosive device in afghanistan. another army specialist was also awarded the purple heart. he was wound in operation
enduring freedom. the 25-year-old was hit in the back of the head during a mortor attack. >> the whole family is here. it's good to have the support of the family. they understand. >> i can already start walking and do my everyday life again. especially with my little girl. i want to start playing with her again. >> the patriot guard riders stood in silence to honor the soldiers as they were awarded their medals for bravery and sacrifice. >> lisa is here with a preview of the accuweather forecast. >> well, it's been rewind and play. you know more. we've got some things to talk about. in fact, a lot of things to talk about from our sutro camera. a little hazy but we are looking at a cooler day and a wet pattern that will be arriving next week. i'll explain coming up. >> all right. also ahead, we take a boat ride with the california fish and game searching for crab fishermen who are not where they belong.
>> a crackdown is underway in some of the bay area's protected marine areas. even those who have permits are not allowed to fish there. abc7's wade freedman went out with a team looking for violators. >> diehards will argue even the worst day of fishing beats most others spent on shore. but for those who play fast and loose with the rules, this boat can ruin a good day fast. >> they should know. we publish it. it's been on the books in this particular area for more than a year. >> the state department of fish and game, they are undermanned out here, but have a knack of knowing where to go and when. >> this whole area is the monteres game fish preserve. they have intelligence about illegal commercial crab pots out there. >> this time of year hundreds, if not thousands, bob on the water. but the marine preserve is off-limits. fish and game has the right to pull any pot.
more than once fish and game found what they were looking for, a string of illegal pots from one boat. they came up with identification and laden with crab. >> it set in the closer as being actively fish. has fresh bait and crab in it. >> that's the game warden. >> he threw the crabs back after photographing them but that's not all he did. >> we are going to launch your boat and come on board, all right? >> boarding is routine. violations don't simply materialize. inside the three mile limit, fish is game goes looking for them. >> let me check out your crab. >> here is where the crew's good day of fishing turned bad. measurements showed 2 of the 20 crabs they caught were undersized. >> that one is a short. >> the boat owner told us he's fished all his life and this is the first time he's ever been cited. >> what happened? >> somebody didn't measure the crab. >> with the two man crew, that limits the mystery.
but they caught one break today. >> i am going to leave you with the -- the two undersized will be retained at evidence. seized and frozen. a bad day for the men and a worse one for the two crabs. the only good news for the fishing boat news today, fish and game, which does play by the ruse, found them just 50 feet outside the restricted area. >> legal is legal. just like shore to shore, legal is legal. >> speaking of legalities, state fish and game will take these cases very seriously. the small crabs will result in a ticket. the pots may result in a larger action. the district attorney's office will handle it from here. along san francisco bay, wayne freedman, abc7 news. >> take a look at this. there are some award winning ice dancers and figure skaters who got their skate on last night for the first annual walnut creek on ice gala. do you recognize that guy? he's our own anchor man, dan ashley. hitting the ice with partner
paulette who used to be a production assistant here. last night's gala event is a celebration of the newly-remodeled ice rink. they say it is the coolest fundraiser in town. >> look at mr. ashley there. he used to be a skating instructor and that's why he is looking so great out there, grace full. >> he said he grew up in buffalo. i didn't know him, though. i grew up in buffalo, too. >> oh, okay. small world. >> right. >> you know what, it is freeing in the northeast. i don't know if you saw that game yesterday, new england. it's going to get cooler here, as much as 10 do 15 degrees cooler. in heavenly, my goodness, it's been very cold in the early morning hours. the tahoe valley airport at 32 degrees. reno 35. our roof camera shows some clouds around. so that is insulating parts of the bay area, but still we've been clear for most of the night. the winds are relatively calm
except by the delta. so that's why the numbers out towards fairfield are much more mild than they were yesterday morning. 42 right now in fairfield. look at livermore. down to freezing, as well as napa and novato. santa rosa has come up the last few hours. 45 oakland, 48 san francisco. look at redwood city and mountain view. typically cold. 34 in los gatos, behaver moon bay another relatively mild spot this morning. 7 degrees warmer than yesterday. 49 right now. overall at santa rosa, fairfield, hayward, the warmer spots. elsewhere not much of a change and even a little cooler for our friends in the livermore valley. visibility has been a problem all morning long from santa rosa to napa. anywhere from quarter to half file visibility. the haze getting mixed on out due to winds that will be moving in today. we do have the winds, southwest wind around fairfield right now but it will be the northwesterly winds that bring in the much colder air and the breezy
conditions today with a new parcel of air which promises to be the beginning of some changes that start on wednesday when rain heads our way. it's really going to take us through the weekend, it looks like. so we will definitely make a dent in our deficit that has been with us since december and january. so two systems now you can pick out from our pacific satellite picture. a low spinning off the coast of california bringing a few clouds around. also an upper level low to the north and west of us. this will continue to slide to the south and east as high pressure gives way. that will allow for the on shore flow early on. then stiff northwesterly winds later on today. so actually when this pushes on through, the winds are going to dial back. monday night is expected to be one of the coldest nights we will see in quite some time. we've been in the 20s. we could see some low 20s as things really begin to get more calm around here. so here's a look at the forecast then for today with high
pressure moving on out, making way for this trough. the dry area of low pressure that's going to bring really not any rain, but a high fire danger in the sierra nevada. 6 to 12% relative humidity. the temperatures already coming down in the northern sierra with 46 in lake tahoe. palm springs 68. back home 54 in san francisco. that's as much as 14 degrees cooler than yesterday. 56 in palo alto with numbers still on the cool side here with salinas coming in at 58. here's a look at the seven-day outlook. dry tomorrow for the holiday, but chilly conditions. remember this should be the coldest start of the work week will be monday morning. tuesday a couple degrees warmer. the rainy days are upon us wednesday through the weekend. >> so people better get prepared, have to remember how to drive this the rain. you have to have your lights on and the windshield wipers are going. that's the law. >> clean out the gutters maybe. >> yeah. >> and look for an umbrella.
>> where is that umbrella? all right. thank you, lisa. >> all right. >> simple new system could make life easier for children with speech impediments. it is designed to help them pronounce sounds correctly using the sense of touch. here's health and science reporter carolyn johnson with how it works. >> you take your tongue and curl it all the way back where you can make a nice urrr sound. >> okay. urrr, urrr. >> he's retraining his tongue to make the "r" sound. the device he uses looks like the noisemakers you buy for new year's eve. >> good. >> the device is part of a system called speech buddy. it helps patients learn to
pronounce the sounds by helping his tongue go in the right position. >> it sounded really weird, totally childish and a little strange and all messed up. >> they brought him to the speech therapist, ellen. she said speech therapists often used things from tongue depressors to place proper placement. she believes the molded tips offer a more precise guide. >> this is a c-h, and the tongue goes behind here. they feel where the tongue goes, how far back and how much they close the teeth and lower the jaw. >> we literally probably went through about 100 differentity niterations along the years. >> designer alex said his team experimented with dozens of different shapes before coming up with the five prototypes. he said each one is specific to a specific sound. >> we are basically doing the equivalent of levitating physical targets within the mouth in that precise location for individual sounds. >> the company is presenting results from a recent clinical trial to the american speech and hearing association. his family believes this addition to his therapy has helped his speech significantly.
>> after a couple of sessions he started to sound just i guess more adult-like. >> i feel a bit more comfortable, i guess. it's a lot easier for me to do those things. >> okay, good. >> carolyn johnson, abc7 news. >> up next, the new trend when it comes to buying tvs. brands don't matter. 7 on your side explains what [ female announcer ] back to school means back to busy mornings. that's why i got them pillsbury toaster strudel. warm flaky pastry with delicious sweet filling my kids will love. plus i get two boxtops for their school. toaster strudel. the one kids want to eat. and these are the ones you'll love on a school night. pillsbury ham and cheese crescents. with just a few ingredients, you have an easy dinner. pillsbury ham and cheese crescents. school night ideas made easy.
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>> it was so dramatically compelling and so personally moving to me that he was wanting to share his story with me. >> my father was over 30 years and around asterisk in the light of harvey miller. >> a line from the play, but that's not why jonathan wanted to tell his story. >> the play is about how memory shapes us, and how the loss of somebody can create a methodology. >> i'm the last person to see your father. john, as a child, dreaming of his father's funeral. he said it happened in real life, a premonition. in the play he's directing a plucks of hamlet. something mass coney has never done. hamlet and his relationship with a ghost, his father. >> the ghost is there as a vehicle. john, a convention to generate fear and to motivate the heros. >> he wanted to investigate just fathers and sons and what happened to him and the nature of his experience.
>> mascone said seeing his words on paper were terrifying. >> the actual journey of finally reading those words just took a while for them to sit inside of me, and i could find myself again in the play. >> easier now, but tears still come. still vulnerable. >> at the end of the day he was my father and he's gone. so he's gone. he lives only through me and my family. >> ghost light will run through february 19th. in berkeley, don sanchez abc7 news. >> well, get ready for something you haven't seen in a long, long time. >> i know. are you sure you want to see? because today we've got a dry day, but it is going to be cool out there. we are talking low to mid-50s. then some breezy northwest winds throughout the latter part of the afternoon. we will remain dry. down by the monterey bay, not much warmer. in fact we will just see upper 50s there. 58 salinas, 57 watsonville.
dry for the rest of the holiday. dew is dry. wednesday the rain begins. it will stay with us thursday, friday, saturday. we are talking a couple of inches. >> oh, my. >> all right. that is going to do it for us. thank you for joining us. i'm carolyn tyler, along with lisa. our next newscast starts at 9:00 this morning. keep track of the latest breaking news on twitter at abc7 news bay area and you can talk about it at facebook.com/abc7 news. good morning america is next and keep the dream alive! [ male announcer ] in blind taste tests, even ragu users chose prego.
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